Associate Professor Tiffany Shellam‘s book Meeting the Waylo: Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago has been awarded the PM’s Literary Award for Australian history.
The judges’ agree that Meeting the Waylo is a ‘path breaking book’. The judges’ praise the way that Tiffany has examined sources with a ‘fine critical eye’ to look:
beyond the Eurocentric cultural assumptions underpinning them to determine a more subtle understanding of the cultures both of the mediators and the Waylo. In the process she also narrates a more complicated set of stories of Indigenous-European encounters.
You can read the judges’ comments in full here.